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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

IAF to get mini drones for covert operations

Garud special forcesFrom Israeli sniper and assault rifles to European "underwater open-circuit diving equipment", the Special Forces of the armed forces are slowly but surely inducting specialised weaponry and equipment for their clandestine warfare and counter-terrorism operations.

Defence ministry sources on Monday said the latest acquisition is the Rs 27 crore contract for 65 micro UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or spy drones for IAF's Garud Commando Force.

The Navy, in turn, awaits the already-approved construction of two "midget submarines" or "chariots" for its marine commandos at a cost of Rs 2,017 crore.

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